Tibet, Green Tara (3)

12th century, Tibet, Tara, brass, is or was at the gTsug Lakhang, published by Ulrich von Schroeder.

12th century, Tibet, Tara, brass, is or was at the gTsug Lakhang, published by Ulrich von Schroeder.

Green Tara is seated on a Pala-style lotus base, her right foot on a lotus flower, adorned with crown and jewellery, dressed in a long dhoti with incised stripes and a stippled floral motif, her face with traces of cold gold, the right hand held palm open in the gesture of supreme generosity and displaying an embossed symbol (probably a lotus), the other holding the stem of a lotus and lotus buds.

13th century, Tibet, Tara, copper alloy with silver and stone inlay, private collection, published on Himalayan Art Resources.

13th century, Tibet, Tara, copper alloy with silver , coral and stone inlay, private collection, at the Rubin Museum of Art in New York (USA).

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The above has a lotus embossed in the palm of her hand. She has silver-inlaid eyes, coral and turquoise-inlaid accessories, and wears a long dhoti richly incised with bands of geometrical and floral motifs.

14th century, Tibet, Tara, gilt copper alloy with glass and stone inlay, private collection, photo by Bonhams.

14th century, Tibet, Tara, gilt copper alloy with glass and stone inlay, private collection, photo by Bonhams.

This richly gilt Tara has a coat of cold gold on her face, painted facial features and blue pigment in her hair. She is adorned with delicate jewellery inlaid with turquoise, like the one below.

15th century circa, Tibet, Tara, brass with stone inlay, at the Fondation Alain Bordier in Gruyère (Switzerland).

15th century circa, Tibet, Tara, brass with stone inlay, at the Fondation Alain Bordier in Gruyère (Switzerland).

In this case, the rim of the crown and part of her necklaces appear to be made of copper.

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